Workshops

Choose three workshops, one from each time slot, A, B & C.

 

WORKSHOP A

WORKSHOP B

WORKSHOP C

Preschoolers

Choose from this track if you want to learn more about preschoolers.

 

A1 REDEEMING PRE-SCHOOL CRAFTS

Explore how we can create meaningful space for preschoolers to imagine, experiment, take the lead and draw closer to Jesus through craft.

Led by Hannah Medland

 

B1 PRESCHOOLERS PRAY!

Explore meaningful, creative ways to engage preschoolers in prayer! From movement prayers to stillness, singing prayers to silliness… God is listening!

Led by Robin Humphreys

 

C1 FROM ROUTINE TO RITUAL

Discover how to transform ordinary, everyday routines into extraordinary rituals that engage children's senses, develop their feeling of security and make lasting memories.

Led by Hannah Medland

 

 

Primary-aged Children

Choose any of these topics if you work with primary-aged children

 

A2 FUN WITH BUBBLES

More than just blowing bubbles — fun with bubbles to excite and enhance your programme with children and adults alike.

Led by Sally Eyre and Liz Eichler

 

B2 SPORTY STUFF

An interactive workshop looking at how a combination of sport and gospel can help engage children and young people with their faith.

Led by Daniel Olive

 

C2 CRAFT PLUS

Try out some innovative crafts and exciting science ideas, aimed at helping children experience more about God.

Led by Neville Gardner

 

 

A3 ENGAGING BOYS

Learn how to understand and connect with boys so they want to connect with God.  

Led by Nigel Winder

 

B3 SPECIAL NEEDS

Ensure your programme is accessible and welcoming for all, especially children with high needs requiring support with communication and accessing activities.

Led by Sue Perry

 

C3 I WONDER  

Explore storytelling and faith sharing tools, including Godly Play and other contemplative learning resources that acknowledge we are all learners together.

Led by Robin Humphreys

 

Children’s Ministry Certificate

This track is part of our Children’s Ministry Certificate which develops essential skills in children’s ministry. See the website for further details. You do not need to do the whole certificate to enrol in these workshops.

 

A4 CONNECT

Discover ways to build strong relationships with children in order to help them grow in their own relationship with God.

Led by Paul Dadd

 

B4 TELL IT LIKE IT IS

Storytelling is a vital tool for anyone working with children. Learn a variety of ways to make this essential part of any Bible programme exciting and memorable.

Led by Nigel Winder

 

C4 PRAYER ZONE

Explore what it means for children to develop a deep relationship with God through prayer. There will be lots of practical advice and ideas to help it happen.

Led by Annette Osborne

 

Intermediates

Ministry to intermediates is a different mix of skills and practices than ministry to children or youth. Choose any of the following topics if you want to learn more about  working with 10- to 12-year-olds during their intermediate years.

 

A5 MULTISENSORY WAYS TO ENGAGE INTERMEDIATES

Explore a variety of multisensory ways to engage intermediates with God. Treat every moment as a teachable moment.

Led by Paul Humphreys

 

B5 LET THEM LEAD

Look at ways to allow intermediates to take charge of what they are learning, and enable them to grow in their walk with God.

Led by Neville Bartley

 

C5 POSITIVE TECHNOLOGY

Look at the positive uses of technology, and the use of research to help you stay on the cutting edge when working with intermediates.

Led by Neville Bartley

 

Intergenerational (InterGen)

This track is for people interested in working with all ages. These workshops focus on helping the generations to connect with each other, in church and community settings.

 

A6 INTERGENERATIONAL MINISTRY IN A DIGITAL AGE

How can the church maximise the opportunities and resources that technology offers, as tools to connect with children, young people and adults?

Led by Diana Langdon

 

B6 LOSSES & GAINS OF INTERGEN FAITH

What does church lose and/or gain from InterGen faith? Be inspired and challenged to have generations connecting in faith.

Led by Andrew Ramsbottom

 

C6 HOW TO INTERGEN

Yes, InterGen faith is doable. Explore strategies and practices that will help generations to interact and connect with each other.

Led by Andrew Ramsbottom

 

Family and Whanau

This track is for people who want to work with families and whanau, either in the church or community.

 

A7 FAMILY IN FOCUS

Partner with families on their children’s faith journey! Discover some great resources and apps to help families explore faith together at home.

Led by Nancy Green

 

B7 MESSY CHURCH

Another way of doing church and reaching your community. An interactive workshop, exploring the core values of Messy Church, identifying what it is, and what it isn’t.

Led by Richard and Diane Stevens

 

C7 GROW WELL

Discover why resilience is so important. Explore ways to build resilience in our children and learn about the part resilience plays in growing life-long faith.

Led by Hilary Hague

 

Specialist Ministry Areas

This track is for people who want to dig into certain issues or topics. These workshops are for all leaders, from experienced through to those just starting out.

 

A8 SELF ESTEEM ENHANCEMENT

Offering a number of tools and skills to enhance your self-esteem and awaken self-esteem in others, applicable for adults and children.

Led by Ishani Noble

 

B8 LET’S TALK

Discover some simple Biblical tools to engage in meaningful conversations with children, young people and adults around mental wellbeing and suicide.

Led by Paul Humphreys

 

C8 TREATY AND ME

What is the Treaty of Waitangi all about and why should biculturalism be important to me and my church community?

Led by Eugene Fuimaono

 

Senior Leadership Track

These topics are for experienced team leaders who want to understand themselves and the way they lead.  

A9 & B9 TO INFINITY AND BEYOND

Expand your theological understanding of children’s ministry practice as incarnational mission beyond our church walls. Explore some practical examples and how they can be developed in your context.

This expanded workshop covers both A & B timeslots and is for experienced children’s ministry leaders.

Led by Beth Barnett

 

C9 NEXT LEVEL CHILDREN’S MINISTRY

Learn how to use vision and strategy to develop a ministry that is healthy, vibrant and influential.

Led by Karen Warner

 

 

 

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